On behalf of the organizers of the Pepperell Pipeline Resistance Walk and all of the walkers, canoeists, kayakers, support people and other participants who attended the event on Tuesday, July 22, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks for the safety support you and your police officers and firemen provided to us.

More than 80 walkers participated in the walk from North Middlesex Regional High School at the Townsend border to the Nashua River; a total of more than 100 people assembled at Town Hall for a picture; and, finally, more than 20 people climbed into canoes and kayaks to paddle across the Nashua River with Marion Stoddart from Groton to complete the "border to border" march.

I am pleased to say that this large event went off without an illness or accident, despite walking along busy Pepperell roadways, and crossing a large river, all in 90-plus-degree temperatures!

We couldn't have done it without the wonderful support of the Pepperell police, which had squad cars meet us at several points along the route for "check-ins," and then later directed traffic as we crossed and walked along Townsend Street to Town Hall. Later, the Pepperell Fire Department graciously provided a motorized fire boat, and two firemen with water-rescue gear to escort the canoeists and kayakers across the Nashua River.

Special thanks go out to Sgt. Lessieur and Officer Haskins of the Pepperell Police Department and firemen Tim Morine and William Stone of the Pepperell Fire Department.


Russell W. Schott